The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a Catholic, Irish American Fraternal Organization founded in New York City in 1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a parent organization of the same name which had existed in Ireland for over 300 years.
Active across the United States, the Order seeks to aid newly arrived Irish and those Americans of Irish decent both socially and politically. The many Divisions across America have been among the first to welcome Irish immigrants and preserve Irish Culture, whether it be language, art, dance, and music. The AOH has been at the forefront on Irish issues such as: economic incentives (here and in a Ireland), Peace with Justice in a United Ireland, the human rights issues addressed in the MacBride Principle Legislation, An Gorta Mor (The Great Hunger) curriculum and legislation, freedom for religion, and respect for life.
The AOH has provided a continuing bridge with Ireland for those Americans of Irish decent who are generations removed from their country of origin. This is one of our greatest services. Through our interest in Irish and Irish American History we explore the many ways that our ancestors have contributed to the foundation of the United States of America. The American Irish have a rich history all the way from the Scotch Irish settlers of the 1700’s and 1800’s-such as Andrew Jackson, the first Irish American President, to the Irish Catholic men who fought for the Union and Confederacy in the Civil War, to the Irish laborers who helped build the cities, railroad and canals, and finally to John F. Kennedy, the first Irish Catholic President of the United States.
The Maj. James H. Dooley Division was founded in Richmond in 1979. We have grown to become the largest Division in the Commonwealth of Virginia. To continue our legacy here in the Richmond area, we are currently seeking motivated individuals who are willing to contribute to our organization. We are especially interested in attracting young members. This is a great way for young people to learn about their heritage and to participate in an organization that provides many benefits to the community at large through our cultural functions and charities. Since we have less than 150 members, those interested in leadership positions or perhaps charity projects can find many opportunities in our Brotherhood. If you are interested in joining us in Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity please visit our membership page.